Princeton graduate students get national support for unionization efforts

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By Anna Merriman, NJ.com

PRINCETON – A collection of graduate students at Princeton University made the first step in the process of forming a union this week when they voted to accept support from a national teachers’ union.

The students, who have been meeting for months to discuss unionization, accepted a proposal for affiliation from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) on Tuesday, David Walsh, a graduate student at the university said this week. The AFT is a national union that has provided support to other student groups across the country looking to unionize.

Through the affiliation, the AFT can provide staffing, legal support and office space for the graduate students as they work toward unionization, Walsh said.

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